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Absinthe Flamethrowers has ratings and 36 reviews. Amanda said: There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly. photo by Scott Beale My friend writer William Gurstelle, who writes for Make Magazine and is one of the producers of Make: Television, has a. In “Absinthe & Flamethrowers,” Mr. Gurstelle burrows into the difference between what he calls “Big-T types” (genuine thrill-seekers) and.

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He spouts philosophy, personality tests, and theory in the first half, using big words and somewhat talking down to his audience, but in the latter half of the book he takes the low road, really talking down to the audience such as gently explaining what eBay is.

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Completely dangerous if you ignore them. Oct 05, Chris rated it liked it. Overall, I felt Gurstelle’s writing was uneven. Paperbackpages.

Absinthe Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously. Now I know how to make gun powder among other things.

Mar 14, Mihaela Chantova rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see what your absintbe thought of this book, please sign up. About William Gurstelle William Gurstelle is a professional engineer who has been researching and building model catapults and ballistic devices for more than 30 years.

The guide maintains that risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals flamfthrowers lead more fulfilling lives. And the rest of the book — the bits that aren’t gunpowder or smoke bombs or whatnot — strikes a sort of sour note with me. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Absinthe and Flamethrowers

I had issues with this book. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Over half the chapters were exhortations on “Living Life Dangerously” as part of the “Golden Third” of people who take above-average risks but not so far as to become self-destructive. If you need this book to help define yourself as thrill seeking, you have probably already failed. This book is intended to help risk-adverse people little-t into reasonable risk takers big-T.

Each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions and illustrations along with sidebar tips from experts in the field. Only unit-uncertain Yanks would insist on weighing chemicals in grams to heat to temperatures in Fahrenheit to form in to tubes in 16th of an inch and then puncture with a 9-penny nail. I’m waiting anxiously for my son-in-law’s visit to try some of these out. Mar 18, Desiree rated it liked it. Dispatched from Australia in 3 business days When will my order arrive?

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

That out of the way, I feel like this is a useful resource to have in a home library. Nov 24, Beth rated it it was ok. Fun book, but it really could use a bit more flamethrowers This book has a lot to offer, but I confess to being a little disappointed. He enumerates a flamethrkwers of “artfully dangerous activities” that you may or may not want to indulge in. Views on risk-taking throughout history are entertaining, but feel like filler in some cases, things just put in to add a few pages.

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Thompson and possibly even more important Tirades against a “nanny-state” – however short – make me want to shut any conversation down before I’m being offered off-the-grid land in Montana. With a strong emphasis on safety, each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions, photographs, and illustrations along with troubleshooting tips from experts in the field.

Imagine what a suburban year-old geek boy might think that James Bond does and you’ve got a good idea of his list: This was not the book I wanted it to be.

Feb 27, Clint Flatt rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 24, Doug Roberts rated it liked it. I was surprised that the safety tips, which he preluded with instructions o “skim around in the book, but this is really important!

I’m all for living “on the edge,” but his idea of what flamethrkwers dangerous man might do is a bit Instead this book comes across as a pseudo mid-life crisis, self-help book to justify ones existence.

Having an approachable, basic recipe for black powder, rocket engines, and flame-throwers seems like just the type of knowledge I probably will never need but don’t want to go scrambling for when I do.

At the 50 page mark we still hadn’t gotten absinths the descriptions of how to do dangerous things. And then there’s the rest of the book. Even eating hot chili peppers makes his list, which becomes fairly pedestrian once it’s out of the realm of explosives.


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